Artist Statement

Hope and fear are neighbors co-mingling in my work as an artist. They flash their codes to the observer who stops to study the surface, the color, the image, the abstraction of my painting. Hope and fear call out to those who would dismiss the work as too complicated, too ordinary, too simple, too boring. They call ‘what’s your hope, what’s your fear?’ Emotional companions to be studied from where the observer has been, where they are now, where they’re going. From all of those places at some time or another fear and hope have melded, or clashed, or learned to live separately in contentment to make up the person one has chosen to become, the person they are and or the person they want to be. Hope and fear are ever present in the emotional strokes of paint I apply to surfaces with all that I can draw from my innermost artist.

Living in the Pacific NW, I'm a prolific painter and frequent global traveler. My abstract action paintings on panels contain bold mark making using molten, pigmented beeswax. The medium is manipulated by my use of brushes, scraping tools and blow torch. The energetic aura of my work reflects an enthusiasm for all that is good in my life, for travel memories, and by the specific thirst for knowledge regarding adventurous and dedicated personalities through the ages. My work is strongly influenced by a pointed study of 20th Century abstract expressionists' and post painterly abstract artists’ images and lives. 

An American born artist living in the Pacific Northwest, Dianna was educated primarily in realism through private tutors and workshops. Her work of the past two decades has purposefully morphed into abstract painting, predominately influenced by 20th century abstract expressionists and post painterly abstractionists.

Traveling often to the East Coast of the US, Woolley has pursued singular artistic exploration on the Island of Nantucket — 2016 and 2017 in residency at the NISDA (Nantucket Island School of Design and Art). Dedicated weeks outside her studio serve to strengthen a long practice of personal reflection and innovation, while enabling her to encounter new mediums, studies, techniques and other talented artists in search of camaraderie and insight into their personal art making.

In 2018 Woolley was awarded a two week October residency for independent study by the IEA (International Encaustic Artists), at the renowned Castle Hill Arts Center’s Edgewood Farm, Truro, MA.